My Life in Four Books: Alisha White

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1) What book was most important to you in high school? Why? In tenth grade we read several books and stories from our anthology that really grabbed me, and I found I liked… Continue reading

My Life in Four Books: Mark Mossman

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1) What book was most important to you in high school? Why?  I don’t remember the actual title, but it was an anthology of American Literature that I had the third and fourth… Continue reading

2020-2021 Announcements

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Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students. We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English scholarships this spring… Continue reading

My Life in Four Books: Patricia Young

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1) What book was most important to you in high school? Why?  A Separate Peace by J. Knowles. I loved this book because it illustrated the depth of darkness in the human heart. The fact… Continue reading

My Life in Four Books: William Thompson

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1) What book was most important to you in high school? Why? Not a book per se, but a play and a poem. The poem was a short one that inspired me to… Continue reading

English Department Scholar of the Year 2020-2021: Abigail Gindlesberger

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Abigail Gindlesberger was named the Department of English’s Scholar of the Year for 2020-2021. Abigail is a full-time student on the Macomb campus, and she is particularly focused on creative writing. The Mirror… Continue reading

Is Our Era a Return to the Divisions of the 19th Century? An Interview with Professors Dan Malachuk and Tim Helwig

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It is hard to escape news stories or posts on Twitter and Facebook that compare 2020-2021 to the national divisions that defined the United States in the nineteenth century and culminated in the… Continue reading

Letter from the Chair

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A year ago, I would have been shocked if you had told me that I would be writing the “Letter from the Chair” for The Mirror and the Lamp this spring. But, then again,… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Ayana Contreras (B.A. 2006)

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As an undergraduate English major, Ayana Contreras focused on literature and creative writing courses. She also minored in communication and hosted a soul music radio show on WIU’s own 88.3 The Dog. She… Continue reading

English Major Profile: Rebecca Gonner (B.A. 2017)

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As a student, Rebecca Gonner focused on professional writing and was the Managing Editor of The Mirror & the Lamp for a record three years. Before graduating, she held a summer internship with… Continue reading